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12th International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference

The International Carnivorous Plant Society announces the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society and California Carnivores will co-host the 2018 ICPS conference with help from the San Diego CPS and the Los Angeles CPS!

Please come join us August 3-5, 2018, in Santa Rosa, California, tucked in the heart of beautiful Sonoma County. This area is renowned for its lovely scenery, mild weather, and culinary excellence. It is against this backdrop that we hope to provide what will be a once in a lifetime carnivorous plant event!

This is truly the golden age of carnivorous plants and we hope to highlight that with almost 3 full days of lectures on the cutting edge of CP discovery, taxonomy, and cultivation. The conference will begin with an opening presentation from Peter D’Amato, author of “The Savage Garden” and founder of California Carnivores. Be sure and bring your books and get them autographed by Peter! The line-up of presenters is still being put together, but we already have some illustrious names confirmed including: Stewart McPherson, Fernando Rivadavia, Greg Bourke, Larry Mellichamp, Andreas Fleischmann, Naoki Tanabe, and Ulrike Bauer.

The BACPS will be running a special expanded two-day Show and Sale in conjunction with the conference. This includes a judged plant show full of beautifully grown plants from our members and vendors with lots of plants for sale. It is our goal to have as many actual plants on display as possible.

An academic poster event will be held for speakers and other scientists to present their work.

On Sunday, after the presentations wrap up, you will be shuttled a short drive to California Carnivores for a catered banquet dinner. Imagine dining amidst our internationally recognized carnivorous plant collection with other experts and enthusiasts from around the world.

Monday after the conference will be a free day for everyone. California Carnivores will be an open house for those who want to spend more time there, but San Francisco is only an hour away for those with family who might be sick of carnivores by then.

Field trips leave Tuesday morning, August 7, for Darlingtonia country! The cobra plant is one of the most charismatic and animalistic of all carnivorous plants and yet it has been seen by relatively few because of its far-flung range. They are definitely worth the four-hour drive north! For starters, you’ll see the full diversity of color and forms that live in Del Norte Co., California. You’ll see rocky cliffs with hundreds of Pinguicula macroceras subsp. nortensis clinging to them like tiny starfish. Drosera rotundifolia will be present at several sites as well. We plan to end our excursion with Eight Dollar Mountain in Southern Oregon; a spectacular site where Darlingtonia grow from the river up most of the mountain. You’ll be in good company too with such illustrious travel companions including Barry Rice, Peter D’Amato, and Damon Collingsworth.

I love these conferences because they are a rare opportunity to gather with people from all over the world who are passionate about my passion. I always leave with new friends and appreciation for the plants that I love so much. Please come and be a part of carnivorous plant history.

-- Damon Collingsworth

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:28

ICPS Treasurer Position

The ICPS seeks to fill an opening on the board of directors for the position of Treasurer. The successful candidate will have experience with small business accounting and banking as well as experience with carnivorous plants. Experience with non-profit organizations and/or international charity is desirable. The duties include monitoring e-mail notifications of financial activity on a daily basis, paying bills, preparing financial statements and yearly budget, working with our accountant to file the California and Federal income tax returns, and assisting the Membership Secretary and Store/Seedbank Manager with payment issues. Candidates should be responsive, meticulous, organized, a permanent resident of the United States, and live near a Chase Bank branch. Experience with Quickbooks or similar accounting software is a plus. Board meetings are via Skype and typically occur once a quarter in the evening (US time zones).

The ICPS is the preeminent international body concerned with the cultivation, conservation, and education of and about carnivorous plants. The ICPS currently has over 1200 members worldwide as well as over 7000 social media followers. The ICPS is an all-volunteer organization and a registered US IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation incorporated in California.

Interested candidates should send a resume and single page description of their relevant background in both financial and carnivorous plant realms to the ICPS President, Marcel van den Broek at marcel@carnivorousplants.org. The deadline for applications is 1 November 2017. 

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 19:44

September 2017 CPN

CPN CoverThe September 2017 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

  • International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS) Treasurer
  • An account of Drosera section Prolifera — Richard Nunn and Greg Bourke
  • Quantification of growth benefit of carnivorous plants from prey — Lubomír Adamec
  • Carnivorous plants exhibit a unique tropism — Armando Simón
  • New cultivars — John Hummer and Phil Faulisi and Hawken Carlton and John Brittnacher

 

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 18:52

June 2017 CPN

CPN CoverThe June 2017 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

Contents of the June 2017 Issue 46:2

  • Mid-Atlantic Carnivorous Plant Society — Kevin Zhang
  • Prey capture by Dionaea muscipula A review of scientific literature with supplementary original research — Stephen E. Williams and Siegfried R. H. Hartmeyer
  • Nepenthes robcantleyi: A natural hybrid — Geoff Mansell and Wally Suarez
  • Observations of new Roridula symbiotes — Frank Obregon
  • New cultivars — Christopher Crow and Olivier Bres and Andrea Amici and Fred Passkiewicz and Yi Chen and Alexander Fisch and Lucien Blacher 
  • Carnivorous plant cultivar names registered in 2016 

 

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 17:05

March 2017 CPN

March 2017 CPNThe March 2017 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

Contents of the March 2017 Issue 46:1 

  • ICPS Conference 2018 -- Call for proposals — Marcel van den Broek 
  • The correct name for Drosera longiscapa and the mystery of D. madagascariensis from South Africa — Andreas Fleischmann 
  • The impact of soil type on Pygmy Drosera distribution — Richard Nunn and Hans Lambers 
  • Unexpected discovery of 7-Methyljuglone (Ramentaceone) in several Australian sundews — Jan Schlauer and Siegfried R. H. Hartmeyer and Irmgard Hartmeyer 
  • Many triggerplants (Stylidium spp.; Stylidiaceae) form arbuscular mycorrhizal associations — Stephen P. Moberly and Maxine Watson and Douglas W. Darnowski 
  • Further evidence of carnivory in triggerplants (Stylidium spp.; Stylidiaceae) — Douglas W. Darnowski 
  • Growing 20,000 Sarracenia seedlings — Chris McCarthy and Richard Wuydts 
  • New cultivars — Olivier Bres and Ries van Ool and Phil Faulisi and Michael Aronesty and Julien Müller
Fri, 03/03/2017 - 15:07

New ICPS Conservation Director

The ICPS welcomes Alex Eilts as our Director of Conservation, Research, and Education 

One of the best things about the ICPS is that in addition to being a society of hobbyists who love growing carnivorous plants, the passion for these plants is extended to their conservation. Few plant societies make an active role in the conservation of the focal species a priority. This is one of the things I love most about the ICPS. And, so many members echo this deep commitment to conservation. I’m looking forward to helping further this mission as the Director of Conservation, Research, and Education.

During my doctoral work at the University of Arizona, I was able to explore my concern for conservation as I studied exotic species invasions. Currently, I am at the University of Minnesota, where I work with the plant diversity collection at the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory growing plants for researchers and use in classrooms. I’m also fortunate enough to have opportunities to speak to the broader public about carnivorous plants, where I never miss a chance to highlight the threats many of them face in their native habitats.

I’ve been growing carnivorous plants on and off for much of my life, frequent moves getting in the way of long-term efforts. Happily, I am now able to grow a range of carnivorous plants totaling around 100 species. I grow a bit of everything, though much of my cultivation effort centers around Drosera species. Locally, I was able to help start the Upper Midwest Carnivorous Plant Society to help link hobbyists in the region together.

As the Director of Conservation, Research, and Education I hope to help ensure the money spent will achieve maximum benefit for carnivorous plants, their conservation, and our understanding of them. I’m looking forward to the ICPS formalizing the granting process, updating our conservation statement, and creating materials that can be used in classrooms. The ICPS has a bright future, and I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to participate in steering the path forward. 

-- Alex Eilts

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 11:07

December 2016 CPN

December 2016 CPNThe December 2016 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

Contents of the December 2016 Issue 45:4 

  • Nepenthes nebularum, a new species from Mindanao, Philippines — Geoff Mansell and Wally Suarez
  • The search for all of the victims and all of the killers — Douglas W. Darnowski 
  • Surviving wild Papua — Arthur Yin 
  • A carnivorous plant lover remembered — Laura Del Col Brown 
  • New cultivars — Francois Boulianne and Miroslav Srba and Miloslav Studnicka and Oliver Gluch
  • The ICPS conference 2016 — Marcel van den Broek
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 21:15